Maintenance vs. capital improvement – The difference can mean more money in your pocket
Abstract: Property owners often wrestle with how to classify their repair and upkeep costs — are they routine maintenance costs, which are immediately deductible against current income? Or are they capital expenditures that must be recovered over time through depreciation? This article discusses proposed IRS regulations that would help clarify how such costs should be treated for tax purposes. As a sidebar explains, the regulations also provide that “inherently facilitative” transaction costs must be capitalized.